The Story of Madonna

The Story of Madonna Learning Center


Madonna Learning Center, initially called "Madonna Day School", was founded in 1969 by three Benedictine Sisters from Ferdinand, Indiana. The Sisters envisioned a faith-based environment where the cognitive, social, emotional, spiritual and physical developmental needs of children with disabilities could be realized. At the time, this was a ground-breaking concept – many of these children were often institutionalized in that era.

We opened our doors at Saint Peter’s Home for Children in Midtown with 21 students, later relocating to St. James Catholic Church with 24 students. The current name of Madonna Learning Center was adopted in 1996 when we moved to our current facility at 7007 Poplar Avenue in Germantown.

We are proud to mark our upcoming 50th year in the Memphis area as we celebrate our faith-based roots and groundbreaking individualized approach for our students. We currently operate the only private independent school in the Mid-South for students ages 4 through adulthood with disabilities that offers a therapeutic environment with a small student to teacher ratio.

As we look ahead to the future, we envision Madonna Learning Center's campus expanding to include more services and programs for children and adults in the greater community.

50 years of Miracles in photos

The beginning, with Walter Keith Winfield

A Look Back